Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video View a video, part of Learning Microsoft Stream.
- [Narrator] Let's view a video. When I see a link, here for example, to watch now, I can easily drop in and watch this video. I'll be taken to a page for this video. A lot going on here, the video is loading. I don't have the fastest internet speed in the world today, so don't judge how quickly videos will load in your environment based on my experience here. And while we wait for the video to load, there's actually a thumbnail that I selected that we saw, so that there's some image automatically placed here that's not necessarily the first thing in the video, as you'll notice.
And when this video loads, it actually begins to auto-play. If you want to stop it, you can hit the play button or hit the Spacebar. Either of those will pause and restart the video. At the very top, I have the name of this video, Orchard Solar Tracking - ME, a description. The description includes hashtags. There are other things we can put in the description, as you'll see later in the course. Information on when this video was published and by whom. Then I have a small toolbar with a share button, a button that allows me to place or remove a video on a watchlist, so I can remove this or add it.
The ability to like or stop liking a video. And a small menu that allows me to add this video to a group or channel, edit the video, not in terms of cropping it or cutting it, but in terms of editing how it is being displayed here. Delete the video or download the original video. On the right-hand side, I have information about how this video is shared. Currently, this is available company-wide. It's had two views and no one has liked it yet. Below the sharing and viewing information, we have view settings and we'll talk more about those in a bit.
Going to scroll down. On the right-hand side, we have a transcript. The transcript, also known as closed captioning, is something that we can automatically create when we upload videos. And depending on which Microsoft Stream plan your company uses, you may also be able to search this transcript. What's called doing a deep search of a video. So instead of just searching for a title and a description, I can actually search for specific words in the transcript. We'll see that later.
Auto-scroll is enabled so as this video plays, the transcript will automatically move down the page. I'm going to go into the player and mute this and click play so that you can see how this works. As the video begins and our narrator is talking about the panels, notice that the transcript is synchronized with the video. Couple of other things that are happening. If we look below the transcript, we see people.
This is another feature that was automatically created by Microsoft Stream when this video was uploaded. It shows us Dan and a timeline. And anytime Dan is on the screen, he's in the timeline. When he's not on the screen, for example, when we're looking at the solar panels, timeline doesn't have simply a single line going through it. But as soon as we can see Dan's face again in the video, then he shows up in the timeline. This is editable. The player includes a play/pause button, a volume button, time meter.
On the right-hand side, if I click the closed caption button to turn captions on, the information in the transcript will be displayed as captions here in the window. Couple of other choices we have here. Settings for how the video itself is playing. Playback speed. I can have the playback set faster, up to twice as fast. Or slower, if for example, I wanted to take notes and wanted this to go more slowly. Or I'm just viewing a video quickly to make sure everything in it looks good, then I can kick up the speed.
By default, the speed will be set at one. I then have two other choices for how I view this video. Theater mode just takes up the entire width of the screen. If the video is in portrait mode like this, it simply means that I'll have more of a letterbox. Fewer items that are going to be distractions to the viewer. If I scroll down, my transcript and the information about people has been pushed down the page. If I want to turn theater mode off, I can simply click the Exit Theater Mode button.
And in the full-screen view, I no longer have any place to scroll to. The video is central on screen. This is a great way to watch a video. And if I want to return, exiting full-screen mode, I can Exit Full Screen. Go back and I can then enter or exit theater mode. Finally, if I wish, I can post a new comment. Simply click here, enter my information including hashtags, for example, and then click Post when I am done. Sometimes, when a video's posted, the owner or the person who posts it decides that comments wouldn't be appropriate for a particular video, and so the comments can be turned off.
It's also possible that comments would be collected for a brief period of time, a week, two weeks, and then comments are turned off. That's the choice of the person who publishes the video and other people to whom they give rights to manage the video settings. Speaking of settings now, let's go back up to the top of the screen. My choices here are to hide or show the transcript and people. And finally, to enter or exit theater mode, as I can do from the player. If I hide the transcript, then the trending videos moves up. But I still have people.
If I hide people, then that won't appear. And I can turn these settings on and off anytime I wish, as part of my viewing experience of this particular video. When I am done with the video, by the way, I like this video so I'm going to like it. Notice that the like counter just went up by one. When I'm done with the video, I can simply go on and do whatever it is I wish to do next in Microsoft Stream.
- What is Microsoft Stream?
- Navigating in Stream
- Viewing and uploading videos
- Adding timings to descriptions
- Organizing and managing content
- Creating channels and groups
- Sharing videos